Fact Check: Gov. Kemp's 2023 State of the State

Georgia Governor Brian Kemp delivered the 2023 State of the State Address today at the Georgia Capitol in Atlanta, covering issues including the economy, crime, housing, and education. (Matthew Pearson/WABE)

Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp laid out his vision for a second term in his annual State of the State address before the state’s top elected and appointed officials.

Kemp emphasized efforts to build the economy, fight crime and his plans to improve education, housing and health care in the speech.

Since he handily defeated Democrat Stacey Abrams in the November election, Kemp has been trying to promote his vision of conservative government.

The WABE news team evaluated Kemp’s remarks to give context and make corrections where necessary. Politics reporter Sam Gringlas joined All Things Considered to break down Kemp’s words and what we found.

He said Kemp is pivoting away from the cultural flashpoint issues, like abortion and school curriculum, that animated his first term.

“This session seems to be far more focused on kitchen table issues like pay raises, tuition scholarships and health insurance – but a lot of these are budget items, not sweeping new legislation,” said Gringlas. “Nothing like the far-reaching mental health parity law we saw last year.”